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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Tabill-talk, Table-talk, n. [e.m.E. table-talk (a1569).] (A subject for) gossip. — 1571 Ferg. Serm. iii Malachi Sig. C iiib.
As for the ministers of the word … ȝe haill vpon thame at ȝour pleasure … & to be schort, we ar now maid ȝour tabill talk
a1652 Dickson Psalms II 121.
When magistrates do disconntenance true religion, then it becometh a matter of derision to rascals … and a table-talk to every tipler
1670 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 424.
Wee ordaine … that no measson shall begin to discourse on any affairs belonging to our lodge or calling in table talk without libertie asked and given

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